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June 13, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Some post-game notes

Sorry — had to walk back to the hotel because we couldn’t find a cab. Check that — there were loads of cabs, but they all had people in them. The area around Coors FIeld is really hopping on this Saturday night, as it was last night, making me wonder why the same sort of entertainment district never developed around Safeco Field. But that’s a question for another day. Any theories?
Just a brief wrapup — Here’s what Mark Lowe had to say about his plays. The one at first base:
“We work on that kind of stuff during spring training so it is pretty much fundamental, but you don’t practice throwing off-balance or off one foot while flying in the other direction. I knew it was a good runner out there and it was the only play I had. I mean, you look at the video thinking you might have had more time to set your feet and fire one over there.
“I don’t know if I had time to set my feet. Either way, it would have been bang-bang. Then again, in that situation, your adrenalin is going.
And on the play at third on the bunt:
“The one there was unacceptable. I had plenty of time to set my feet and make a good throw to Beltre. We had him by three steps if the throw is on line. It’s not an easy play because you’re moving, but it’s a routine play.”
And here’s Brandon Morrow’s assessment of his start:
“The walks got me in trouble, especially in the second, and I was probably lucky to get out of it with just the one (run). Throwing with a pitch count is tough. You start thinking about it and you start to guide the ball a little bit
“It is going to be a process. I felt comfortable out there for the most part. I felt really good in the third inning. You know, the more I’m out there, the better I’ll be.
“I got away from things a little bit in the second. The pitch count kind of got into my head a little bit and I tried to guide it into the strike zone instead of remembering what I had been working on. ”
Don Wakamatsu said he won’t have anything to say about Morrow’s future until Sunday, but I’d have to think the best thing for him, and the team, would be to go to Tacoma, as originally planned.
“I though Morrow had great stuff today,” Wakamatsu said. “Obviously, he lacked the command. But stuff wise, he’s a guy that’s got the ability to go deep in the game if he gets more efficient,.
“Obviously 60-something pitches in three innings is not where we’re headed. The walk to the pitcher hurt, but as far as guys hitting him, I like what came out of his hand today. It’s a matter of being consistent. I think his pitches in general have more life to them. I think we saw some positives. It’s a matter of when we get him stretched out and he gets more efficient, he can be the starter we’re looking for.
“Jakubauskas did a phenomenal job to get us into the 7th. He kept hitters off balance, used his off speed well. White’s done a phenomenal job for us; he ends up giving up a broken bat single to Helton. Just as easily on that broken bat, he could have gotten out of that inning and pitched well. Otherwise it ends up being a couple of runs and tough luck.
“I thought we hit a lot of balls hard. The critical thing was we were 1-8 with runners in scoring position. There were positives with the offense — Adrian swung the bat well, Jose’s homer — but when we get in scoring position, we have to utilize that.
On Lowe’s errors: “The first one wasn’t that easy a play. He might have had time to set his feet a little more and made a decent throw. He spun and didn’t think he had that much time. Same thing with the second one. A good throw probably gets him. We’ll settle for an out in that situation.
“He’s still in the learning phase. He keeps getting better and better, and through experience, he’ll be able to handle those situations better.”

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